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"I delivered the poor that cried, and the fatherless, and him that had none to help him."— Jon xxix : 12. 



VOL. IV. 



'CHICAGO, NOVEMBER, 1863. 



NO. 11, 



I would if I could 



And many u pcrsou who '■■vld\t he would. 
» Is often heard saying, "I would if I could.' 

" Come, John," said a schoolboy, " I wish you 

would try- 
To solve this hard problem ; now don't yo 

deny ;" 
But John, at this moment, was not in the mood 
And yawningly answered, " I would if I could. 



At the door of a mansion, in tattered rags clad, 
Stood a poor woman, begguig a morsel of bread ; 
The rich man scarce heeded, while trembling she 

stood, 
And answered her coldly, " I would if 1 could." 



The child, when requested to try and be good : 
Oft gives the same answer, " I would if I could. 

But if we may iredit what good people say, 
That where a strong will is, there's always 

way; 
And whatever ought to be, can be and should- 
We need never utter, " I would if I could." 

[Advocatt. 



Mission Schools. 



W# have frequently referred in our 
paper to the increasing interest in our 
city] in the Sunday School work, and 
have heretofore given an account of 
the zeal and energy put forth by out- 
citizens in this glorious good cause in 
different districts. One of the most 
promising of these enterprises at the 
present time is the Railroad Mission 
Sunday School, located near the corner 
of Griswold and Van Buren streets, 
South Side. The school was first or- 
ganized by its present Superintendent, 
Rev. B. Kent, in the cars at the Mich- 
igan Southern depot. It kept increas- 
ing in numbers until several cars were 
required to accommodate those in at- 
tendance. About six years ago the 
teachers erected a building 32 by 60, 
which the school now occupies, and 
which has been crowded to overflowing 
all summer. Last Sabbath afternoon 
the corner stone of a new building was 
laid] witli appropriate exercises. The 
new building is to be of brick, 60 by 
101 feet— more than treble the size of 
the one they now occupy. 

The school has over nine hundred 
scholars in connection with it, with an 
average attendance of about five hun- 
dred, and is continually increasing in 
attendance and interest. Mr. Kent, 
the Superintendent, has manifested the 
deepest interest in the school and those 
connected with it since its organiza- 
tion and has been constant and untiring 
in his eflforts for its prosperity and ad- 



vancement. Fathbk Kent, as many 
in connection witn the school call him, 
will long be loved and remembered by 
those who have already grown from 
childhood to manhood and womanhood 
under his parental care in the Sabbath 
School, many of whom rejoice in the 
love of our blessed Lord and Savior, 
and give evidence by their warm hearts 
and noble deeds of their devotion and 
attachment to his cause. 

The Superintendent is assisted by 
a faithful and devoted band of workers 
in the labors connected with the enter- 
prise. Prayer, faith and work — instant 
in season and out of season in every- 
thing that need bejjdone to advance the 
interest of the Redeemer's cause, seems 
to be the element of success and the 
motto of all in »onneetion with the 
school. Beside the Sabbath School es- 
pecially held every Sunday afternoon 
at half past three, there is in connec- 
tion with the Mission meetings on Sun- 
day, Tuesday and Friday evenings, 
which are well attended, .exceedingly 
interesting, and productive of great 
good. 

One very noticeable feature in the 
school is the colored department, there 
being an average attendance of about 
one hundred colored children. They 
manifest a deep interest in the school, 
and quite a number of them are equal 
with any of the children in connection 
with the school in their capacity to com- 
mit verses to memory and retain the 
instruction given them. 

The school is conducted under very 
great disadvantages at present, owing 
to the crowded state of the room ; but 
when their new building is completed 
they will have plenty of room and full 
scope for the exercise of their powers 
in the Mission Sunday School work. 

When ignorance and crime have 
reached their full strength they become 
a giant to contend with. Events have 
proved that fighting is a game which 
other parties than soldiers can play at. 
Government by bayonets is as uncer- 
tain as it is expensive, and the world is 
learning to its cost, that the Bible, 
while the cheapest, is, in every way, 
the best instrument of government. It 
teaches a man how to bear his wrongs 
till he finds a right way to remedy 
them. It teaches the slave how to 
breakltis chain without breaking it on 
the head of his oppressor, and that he 
ceases to be a slave not to become a 
despot, but to.be a man among men. — 
Guthrie. 



I'm seeing if Mamma won't ever come 

Yesterday, while dispensing smiles 
and words of comfort among our hun- 
dred little ones, we found a small boy 
standing by the window and gazing 
with tearful eyes through the lattice.— 
" Jimmie, for whom are you looking ?" 
we asked. " I'm seeing if mamma 
won't ever come," he sadly replied. It 
was but two days before that Jimmie 
had seen and heard with heavy heart, 
the cold sods- fall upon his mother's cot- 
fin, and returned to his desolate home 
to find the light of the honsc gone out. 
But the strength of affection binding 
him to her loving heart had inspired 
him with a firm presentiment that by a 
resurrection, or some other means pos- 
sible to an orphan's God, she would 
come back to him again. We told him 
that his mother was with God, and 
could not come back to him ; but that 
if he was good God would send an an- 
gel to take care of him, But still he 
gazed through warm, pearly tears, as if 
he saw spiritual visions that we could 
not see, and still insisted that " mamma 
would soon come back''. And then we 
forgot our theology and fell to musing : 
" After all, will not he who promises 
' when thy father and thy mother for- 
sake thee 'then the Lord will take thee 
up,' will not he send back the spirit of 
that sainted mother to comfort and coun- 
sel her lonely boy ? And will not the 
longing of his heart lie reckoned as 
prayer to be answered just in this way? 
Else how will God make his promise 
good to this little sorrowful, bleeding 
heart? It must be comforted, it must 
be guided and guarded as well as fed 
and clothed. And who of all the busy 
world will turn aside to do this tor 
stricken childhood? Then we again 
recurred to tHe precious promises of 
God to such, and were curious as well 
as anxious to see what would come of 
of tbe matter, as related to our little 
waiting, weeping, trusting orphan boy." 
And we waited but a night, for "joy, 
came in the morning" to our little boy, 
and light to our doubting spirit. A 
mother whose little one of nearly the 
same age had recently been taken from 
her, came to find a little motherless boy 
to take the place in her heart and home 
made vacant by her lost one. And she 
thought she saw in our little tearful boy 
just what she wanted, and took him. 
"Now who can tell but that while this 
stricken mother cares so tenderly for 
our) orphan boy, that other mother in 
heaven will care still more tenderly for I 



the other little one who has gone from 
its mother to that happier clime? 



The Injustice of the court of Justice. 

Some time since we saw a lad arraign- 
ed before the Police Court on a charge 
of theft. It was plainly proven ; in- 
deed, the sad. tearful boy, if left to his 
own feelings, would have confessed it. 
And yet his father stood by with coun- 
sel, endeavoring to keep back the facts 
in the case. But in spite of this he was 
proven guilty and punished. And our 
most painful musing upon the subject 
was this : " The father is most guilty, 
for he it is who first taught his little 
beggar boy to deceive, to pilfer, and fi- 
nally to enter upon a course of theft." 
We have often known the little fellow 
to be whipped for his poor success in 
begging and stealing, lie was trained 
to tiiis dreadful trade from early child- 
hood. Then where is the justice in pun- 
ishing the boy who has less sinned than 
been sinned against? He is but a boy, 
scarcely too old to be petted on his mo- 
ther's lap. (Ah ! but he had no moth- 
er, nor has he had since he was but 
three years old, and this fact may be 
tbe cause of his sad condition now.) — 
He is so small that his head just reach- 
ed to the top of the bar. His tears 
melt the judge, who wishes that the law 
could be set aside as unjust in its appli- 
cation here. This poor unschooled, 
motherless boy may have stolen, but 
where is the guilt ; for his cruel father 
compelled him to steal. He is a repre- 
sentative of some thousands of chil- 
dren on our streets who never go to 
school. The law secures them no edu- 
cation, no protection against the mon- 
strous exactions of their parents till old 
enough to violate it, and then punishes 
them for that which they were taught 
and compelled to do ! Scotland has a 
splendid law which meets such cases. 
It alh iws a jury to return a verdict accor- 
ding to moral right in the case. In such 
eases as this before us the verdict ren- 
dered would be, " Proven, but not guil- 
ty •'" _____ 

Railkoad Mission Sabuath Schools. 

Until recently we believe that this 
kind of instruction has been peculiar 
to Chicago. Here several years ago a 
group of neglected children were gath- 
ered into a car at the Rock Island de- 
iOt and taught from Sabbath to Sab- 
bath. The number rapidly increased 
until two cars were required, then three, 
and so on till seven were filled. Then 



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amission house' was built for their ac- 
commodation. But this long since be- 
come too small, and now, as will be 
seen in another column, it is in turn to 
give place to a line large chapel, suffi- 
ciently spacious to accommodate nearly 
one thousand, which we predict will 
early be lilled. But our object in alln 
ding to the matter was to say that our 
friends at Aurora have taken a hint 
from this enterprise and have recently 
opened a Mission Sabbath School in ;i 
railroad car kindly furnished by the Chi- 
cago, Burlingtou'and Quincy road. "We 
understand that having tilled two cars, 
they too have removed to more spa- 
cioi'ts quarters. Dr. Woodworth, the 
enthusiastic Superintendent, writes us 
that the enterprise has awakened sc 
much interest in that community that 
it has led to a missionary organization 
with the object of carrying Hie gospel 
to all those, old and young, who neglect 
the ordinary means of grace. 



Home Record 



refugee 
wander 



F. comes to us to day 
One of our visitors fim 
ing about in search of some one to be- 
friend him. He has a father and step- 
mother, and they have a house, but all 
this does not constitute a home, while 
affection and tenderness are lacking. — 
"We learn that the mother has no heart, 
and the father admits to us that he has 
many times beaten poor little F. for 
refusing to say that he was kindly 
treated at home. The earth will as 
soon shoot away from its orbit and the 
attraction of the sun, as will ajittle boy 

run away from a home of love. 

Poor J. comes to-day a victim of eruel 
seduction and aks a hiding place, for 
herself and little one from the frown 
of those who do not frown upon her 
spoiler. Her penitence awakened our 
pity, and from him who enjoined for- 

fiveness seventy and seven times, we 
ave learned to forgive at least onck. 

To-day five little boys are brought 

by the police ; their mother was buried 
yesterday, and their father is in the ar- 
my ; two most weighty reasons for re- 
ceiving them. How strange it is that 
from five little helpless childree, baby 
and all, God should take away their on- 
ly protector, and chill by the hand of 
death the only heart that lov«d them, 
" Even so, Father, for so it seemed good 
in thy sight." It may be that God's 
design in leaving those children friend- 
less was that their sad loneliness might 
awaken other sympathies and move 
other hearts to love and pity them. In- 
deed, we almost saw the linger of God 
in the matter, when, two days later, a 
lady from the country draped in mourn- 
ing, came to the Home in quest of some 
loving little baby boy, to till the rift in 
her bleeding heart, made desolate by 

the death of her only little one. - 

Poor E. died to-day, and seemed glad 
to go from a world from which she had 
received little but cruelty and wrong. 
The world could not say that she owed 
it much. Her affection's were divided 
between her little babe of two weeks, 
and the Friend of Sinners whom she 
hoped to meet in peace on the other 
side of the river of death. She made 
but two requests: "Let some one be 
called to point me to the better land," 
and " find some one to love my baby 

with a mother's heart." Here' comes 

three little boys and their sister, of 
whom we know nothing except that they 
are without a friend and need one. S. 
says that papa was drunk and is in jailj 
which is very probable, tor the dram- 



shop stands opposite the jail, and the 
one is built as the receptacle of the vic- 
tims of the other. Of the nearly 

thirty who have gone out from the 
Home during the month we will speak 
£>f but two little laughing, happy boys, 
who have seen days of sorrow bitter 
enough, but have forgotten them all 
now. The wounds in such little hearts 
seem to heal as quickly as the incision 
in the bark of a sapling. Months ago. 
they were found, one cold winter morn- 
ing, in a wretched hovel, standing by 
the side of their dead mother. Former- 
ly a woman of refinement and very beau- 
tiful, she had contracted the habit of 
fashionable wine drinking, which by 
degrees had become excessive and 
madeher'a sot. She had been intoxicated 
for two days and in that condition came 
to her dreadful end. Father and moth- 
er forsook the little ones and the Lord 
took them up. 

I am too Little. 

Those words reached the ears of Mrs. 
"Wilson as she came into the parlor one 
day. She found her three children 
seated on the sofa — Anna, the eldest, 
trying to amuse her younger brother 
and sister.. 

She had been telling them a story in 
her own wise way, of some good little 
girl who was a great help to her moth- 
er, and was showing the example of 
of this excellent child for the benefit of 
Ella, when their mother entered the 
room. 

" Too little for what I" asked Mrs. 
Wilson. 

"I was telling her," said Anna, "the 
story of Katy Lee, that you told me, 
and when I said she must be good and 
is Katy Lee did. she told me she 
too little." 

Little girls of four years are rather 
small, ",'said Mrs. "Wilson, ",but my El- 
la dear is not too little to be good, I 
hope." 

But Katie was older than I, I am 
; I can't-do such things as she can," 
said Ella. 

" AVhat things do yon mean ?" asked 
mamma. 

'• "Why, bring in in the milk pitcher ; 
I'm afraid I'd spill the milk, and .then 
Susan would 6ay, ' oh, -you are a little 
plague.' " 

Mrs. "Wilson smiled, for Ella was call- 
ed ' a plague' very often. 

" If yon could'nt bring the milk pitch- 
:t. darling, you could be useful in other 
vays," she said. 

" Oh, no, I ca'nt, I'm too little," per- 
sisted Ellla. 

Mrs. "Wilson sat down and took the 
child upon her lap. 

Now listen to me ; you can pick up 
■my ball when it rolls on the carpet, and 
papa's slippers, and fetch me a book 
or my work basket, can't ,you?" 

" Yes,I can do these," said Ella. 

" Well, then, are you too small to be 
useful '<" 

Why, is that being useful'? I thought 
eant real great things," said Ella, 
opening her great blue eyes in aston- 
shment. 

"It means that older girls are to do 
great things, and little girls are to do 
little things." 

" I see, mamma." 

" You are a little girl now, and so 
your Heavenly Father only wishes you 
to do little things, but then my darting 
must try to do them willingly and pleas- 
antly." 

'I do try, mamma." 

' You should always be ready to do 



what mathma asks'at once, and not say 
' I'm tired,' or any such word, because 
though you are only four years old, you 
are not too little to be sometimes use- 
ful." — [Merry's Magazine. 



•' A babe in n house is ,1 will spring of pleas- 
ure— a messenger of peace aud love ; 

A resting place for innocence on earth; a link 
between angels and men." 

Character groweth day by day, and all things 

aid in Us unfolding, 
And the bent unto good or evil may be given 

in the hours of infancy. 

Scratch the green rind of a sapling, or wanton- 
ly twist it in the soil, 

And the scarred and crooked oak will tell of 
thee for centuries to come : 

Even so mayst thou guide the miud (o good 
or lead it lo the marriage of evil. 

'' If I could only see my Mother !'" 

'• If I could only see my mother '." 
Again and again was. that yearning- 
cry repeated — 

" If I could only see my mother !" 
The vessel rocked, and the waters, 
chased by a fresh wind, played musi- 
cally against the side of the ship. The 
sailor, a second mate, quite youthful, 
lay in his bed, his eye glazing, his limbs 
stiffening, his breath failing. It was 
not pleasant thus to die in this shaking. 



plunging 



but he 



mind his bodily comfort ; his eye look- 
ed far away, and ever and anon broke 
the grieving cry — 

"If I could only see my mother !" - 

An old sailor sat by, with a Bible in 
his hand, from which he had been read- 
ing. He bent above the young man, 
and asked him why he was so anxious 
to see the mother he had so wilfully 
abandoned. 

" Oh, that's the reason," he cried in 
anguish. 

"A very good reason," responed the 
sailor. 

" I have nearly broken her heart and 
I can't die in peace. She was a good 
mother to me. Oh, so good a mother 
she bore everything from her wild boy, 
and once she said, ' My son, when you 
come to die yon will remember this.' — 
Oh, if I could only once more see my 
mother !" 

He never saw his mother. He died 
with that cry upon his lips, as many a 
one has died who has slighted the mo- 
ther who loved him. 

I'i.i, do it To-morrow. — There were 
two boys in a school I used to go to.— 
One was remarkable for doing at once 
with promptness and perseverance eve- 
rything he undertook. The other had 
a habit of putting off everything that he 
could. 

" I'll do it to-morrow," was his motto- 
'- I'll do it now," was the motto of the 
other boy. 

As a a matter of course the last suc- 
ceeded where tiie other failed. — [S. S. 
Times. 



Adroitness 



Bk< 



-Ijol;-! 



ging 



is a trade in which those who follow it 
become adept by practice, as in other 
professions. A few days since a little 
beggar demonstrated the possibility, 
and the method of " skinning a flint'," 
as follows : his subject was a meagre, 
vinegar-looking old lady. The little 
rogue, without shoes or cap, but with a 
pair of bright eyes beaming out of hol- 
low sockets, approached her with a 
most pitiable look and whine, and beg- 
ged of her a penny, or a bit to eat. — 
But he might as well have spoken to a 
stone. Her response was a snarl and a 



poke of her umbrella. Seeing at a 
glance that he had approached at an in- 
vulnerable point, he went off on anoth- 
er tack. Now he addressed her selfish- 
ness. In an instant rolling up the 
sleeve of his ragged jacket and sticking 
his yellow, shining arm in her face, he 
edged close up to the old woman, say- 
ing, " Out of the hospital, ma'am, with 
typhus." It was a ruse gotten up for 
the occasion, but the acting was perfect, 
the effect sudden, electric, The poor 
woman started back with horror, as if a 
plague-stricken wretch were breathing 
death into her nostrils. At one dive, 
her hand was deep in her pocket, and 
pulling out what of coin she first reach- 
ed, she threw it into his hand and hur- 
ried away, glad to get the little assail- 
ant from between the wind and her- 
self. Now this adroitness, by and by 
rendered more keen, will be employed 
in picking pockets, locks", robbing hous- 
es and men. And after a short career, 
he will probably be caught, convicted, 
condemned and sent to prison, and 
there like a caged bird, be shut up for 
years within stone walls. And who 
then will be to blame, if now society 
stands carelessly by and sees the little 
beggar pursue a course certain to end in 
crime and ruin. 



Visitors' Jourral. 

This morning we found a family in a 
miserable hovel and very poor. The 
mother had pawned nearly all her 
clothes for bread for her children, and 
" wondered what she should do next." 
"We reminded her that a pitying Father 
in Heaven had told us what to do when 
driven to such extremities. " Give us 
this day our daily bread." " If he feeds 
the ravens when they call and the 
young lions do not in jvain seek their 
meat from God, will he not care ten- 
derly for your fatherless children when 
they cry ;" Near by we found a sick 
mother and in tears. At first we won- 
dered why the mother of four such 
beautiful boys should weep. Then we 
thought of Hagar in the wilderness, 
weeping over her manly boy ; not be- 
cause he was hers, but because she must 
see him die of hunger and thirst. So 
this sick mother wept, not because she 
had four lovely boys, but because she 
had no bread for them, and no health 
or strength with which to earn it; and 
because high rents and a cold winter, 
and wood at eight dollars a cord stared 

her in the face. -Found in — street 

an interesting woman, who although 
educated a Catholic, thought a Bible a 
very good thiiur in the house and want 
ed one for her husband. Near this we 
found a family very poor. You can 
hardly imagine how' poor. They beg- 
ged for food aud fuel ; theyjwere suffer- 
ing for both ; but we soon discovered 
that the demon intemperance had rob- 
bed them of more than enough to sup- 
ply every want. But what had these 
poor little children done that dram 
shops should snatch the bread from 
their mouths l Next door was a family 
of strangers in the city. And the city 
for strangers is more lonely than the 
solitude of the desert. They were poor 
and sick, and strangers— a (ripple com- 
bination of facts winch made their con- 
dition distressing, and their prospects 
sad enough. The father and one. child 
were sick, and the mother had been 
vainly endeavoring to support the tarn 
ily. "When asked how well she suc- 
ceeded in her efforts, irrepressible tears 
was her eloquent reply. "We en- 
deavor to find out the homes and the 



condition of the numerous beggar chil- 
dren whom wo meet, and have come 
to the conclusion that it is an unneces- 
sary, as well as a most ruinous profes- 
sion. We arc made most welcome 

to the humble homes of the freedmen. 
They seem to regard us as their best 
friends, and in their poor and friendless 
condition are most grateful for all that 
we do for them. Our sewing school for 
their women and girls is largely attend- 
ed, and most of them make rapid im- 
provement. 

Autumn. 



Lo! the summer's work is done, 
And hev Bowels droop one by one; 

All their life ami bcaun lade, 
Sighing, say we, "They are dead." 

Autumn ! glory of the year! 

Every change and tint how dear! 
Shine or temped, grey or ^okl, 
' All the Love Divine unfold. 

The silver mists that triune the rills, 
Purpling there the far off hill. 

Piling crimson clouds on high. 
The glory of an autumn sky. 

Break again in awful blast, 

Lash the forest, bow the mast, 

Tet controlled by Him who said, 

p " Here shall thy proud waves be staid.' 

Souls, Father, too, are thine ! 

Hush their tempests, make them sialic. 
With the glory of thy face, 

Fit them for thy holier place. 



The Humming-bikd's Nest.— Captain 
Lyon of the British navy relates that in 
Africa he once watched a humming- 
bird whose young lay in her nest, 
building a rim around it to keep them 
from falling out. A few days later he 
observed the same thing repeated. An 
additional story was raised to protect 
her growing brood. And so from time 
to time she built up her shallow nest 
to a vase-like house for her fledgelings. 
till strong enough to venture out and 
try their wings. 

Wonderful instinct ! and how like 
the design and culture of a truly Chris- 
tian home. The parents are prayerfully 
to adopt restraining, saving influences 
P to the age and capacity, building around 
the young hearts moral barriers, and 
keeping them within its warm enclosure 
till they may be trusted amid the perils 
of the cold and sinful world about 
them. 

To train the spirit's wing for its 
flight beyond the stars is the end of all 
parental responsibility, and that with- 
out which it has in the highest sense 
proved an awful failure. The home, 
when true to its design, how near to 
glory! when impure, irreligious, how 
near the gates of death eternal ! — Am. 
Messenger. 

Tue Bright Penny. — Lizzie's grand- 
pa gave Iter it penny. It was bright 
and new, and Lizzie thought it was 
very beautiful. She kept it wrapped 
in a piece of soft paper, that it might 
stay bright. Very oftan she would 
undo the paper to look at the penny, 

^ and ask if it was not a beautiful one. 

W Alter some time Lizzie earned an- 
other penny. So she had two. One 

- day she wished to speud one of them 
for a slate-pencil. So she. took the 
pennies from her pocket, saying, " Ma- 
nia, I don't want to buy a pencil with 
the bright, new penny, but with the 
other. I want to put the brightest into 
the missionary box." So the pencil 
was bought, and by and by the bright, 
new penny was given to eend good 
reading to the soldiers. 

Is not this the right way '( Give the 



best you have to the Lord. We have 
nothing too good or too beautiful to 
give him. Best of all, children, you 
can give him your bright, young hearts. 
— Am. Messenger. 



A Happy Company; — " These are 
they which came out out of great tribu- 
lation and washed their robes and made 
them white in the blood of the Lamb. 
Therefore are they before the throne of 
God, and serve him night and day in 
his temple ; and he that sitteth on the 
throne shall dwell among them. They 
shall hunger no more, neither shall the 
sun light on thorn, nor any heat. For 
the Lamb which is in the midst of the 
throne shall feed them, and shall lead 
them unto living fountains of waters ; 
and God shall wipe away all tears from 
their eyes." But you need not turn an 
envious eye towards that holy, happy 
throng, for you are invited to walk in 
their footsteps, and by and by, when 
life is over, partake of their joys. 

Doubts Dissolved. — " God might 
have told mo — I Wish ho" had — wheth- 
er, after this short life is. over, I am to 
live forever." The Bible says he has- 
told you. " I hope it is so, for annihi- 
lation always seemed to me a dreadful- 
ly dark doctrine." 

" I have never been very happy in 
this world, but am craving that which 
I want and have not. Now if God is 
infinitely good, why does he not give, 
or at least, promise me a home in a shi- 
ning country, where there is no night, 
and no sorrow or sadness ; and where 
untold joys will never grow less, but al- 
ways increase." The Bible says he of- 
fers you all this. 

No Keason foe Complaint. — The 
God of Peace commands me to live 
peaceably with all men ; promises that 
if I will do so I shall be called a child 
of God, and finally reach the land of 
peace. It will not hurt me if I try to 
obey. 

A God of purity commands me to 
abstain from gluttony and all sensual 
indulgences, and I need not complain 
of him, for 1 well enough know that in 
the keeping of that command there is 
great reward. 

When God commands me to deal 
my bread to the hungry, I will not com- 
plain of him, for I have already found 
that it is more blessed to give than to 
receive. 

There is no unkindness in God's 
invitation to me, to think of a beautiful 
habitation above the stars, where tears 
never fall and death never enters. 

If the man of Nazareth came to bear 
my sins and to carry my sorrows on the 
cross, that I might be saved from both, 
I cannot deny that he was very kind 
even though' T should refuse the prof-, 
fered good. 

" Children are pledges for good con- 
duct — hostages which men give the 
State. Like a vessel which owes her 
safety to her moorings, many parents 
owe their virtue to the affections which 
bind them to their children." 

Good Luck. — Some young men talk 
about luck. Good luck is to get up at six- 
o'clock in the morning ; good luck, if you 
have only a shilling a week, is to live upon 
eleven pence and save a penny ; good luck 
is to fulfill the commandments, and to do 
unto other people, as we wish them to do 
unto us. To get on in the world they mu9t 
avoid tempttaions, and have faith in God. 



TRYING AMD PRAYING. 

" I'm sure I never can be good, 

And so there's no use trying ; 
When Peter calls me naughty names 

I cannot help replying. 

"I've tried and tried — how oil I've tried 

I'm sure I can't remember; 
Since my birthday I've tried, I know, 

And that was in December. 

" I'm sure I don't know what to do"— 

"What is my darling saying V 
How can a little girl be good, 

Who never thinks of praying ? 

"How could dear babv brother walk 

If I were not beside him ? 
He might be trying, but, you know, 

He needs a hand to guide him, 

" Kneel down, my child, kneel humble down 

Bow thy yonni; hear) in meekness 
To him, who with a father's heart, 
Can pity all thy weakness. 

"Ask for his spirit in thy heart, 

To help each weak endeavor ; 

Ask him 'mid snares and sins and fears. 



thy strength forever 



NOTHING TO THANK GOD TOR, 

A little girl did not want to pray when 
she retired to rest. I do not like to tell you 
her true name, so I will call her Helen. 

" Have you nothing to thank God for?" 
asked her mother. 

" No," said Helen, "you and papa give 
me everything." 

" Not for your pleasant home V asked 
her mother. 

" It is my papa's house ; he lets me live 

" Where did the wood come from to build 
it. f ' asked her mother. 

" From trees," answered J lelen, "and they 
grew in big forests." 

" Who planted the big forests ? Who 
gave rain to water them ? Who gave the 
sun to warm them ? Who did not allow 
the winter to kill them, or the lightning to 
blast them '? Who kept them growing from 
little, trees big enough to build houses with 
Not papa, not man; it was God." 

Helen looked her mother in the eye, and 
then said, 

" Papa bought nails to make it with." 

" What are nails made of?" asked mam- 
ma. 

"Iron," answered Helen, "and men dig it 
out of the ground." 

" Who put iron in the ground, and kept 
it there safe till the men wanted it?" asked 
the. mother. "It was God." 

"We got this carpet from carpet men," 
said Helen, drawing her small, fat foot 
across it. 

" Where did the carpet men get wool to 
make it from?" asked her mother. 

"Prom farmers," answered Hellen. 

" And where did the farmers get it '?" 

" From sheep and lambs' backs," said the 
little girl. 

" And who clothed the lambs in dresses 
good enough for us ? for your dress, I see, is 
made of nothing but lambs' wool. The best 
thing we can get is their cast-off dresses. 
Where did the lambs get such good stuff?" 

"God gave it them. 1 suppose," said the 
little girl. 

" It is you that gives me bread, mother," 
said she quickly. 

" But," said her mother, "the flour we got 
from the store, and the store bought it from 
the miller, and the miller took the wheat 
from the farmer, and the farmer had it from 
the ground ; did the ground grow it all it- 
self?" 

" No," cried Helen suddenly, " God grew 
it. The sun and the rain, the wind and the 
air are His, and He sent them to the corn- 
field. The earth is His, too. And so God 
is at the bottom of every thing ; isn't He 
mother ?" 

" Yes," said mother ; " God is the origin of 
every good and perfect gift of which we en- 
joy." The little girl looked serious; she 
said at last, " I can't make a prayer long 
enough to thank God fur everything." 



" And have you nothing to ask His for 
giveness for?" asked the little girl's mother. 

"Yes," she said in a low tone, "for not 
feeling grateful, and for trying to put him 
out of my thoughts." 

Helen never after that refused to pray. 

LITTLE MARY'S BIRTHDAY. 

" Here I am eight years old to-day. Hov 
old I am ! I did not like to leave my seventh 
year, so I told my teacher yesterday that 1 
was seven years and twelve months ; and she 
put her hand on my head, and whispered so 
lovlingly, "Quite old enough, Mary, to be 
very good." 

Dear teacher ! 1 wanted to tell her that I 
would be eight years old to-day, and I would 
try to do right now ; but she moved away, 
and I was afraid to go after her. 

Eight years ! I got up this morning and 
looked in the glass to see if I was still little 
Mary, but my face was just as it was yester- 
day. I did not look one moment older, and 
I am sure I did not look any wiser. I was 
not taller, for 1 stood on tip-toe, and my 
chin just reached the frame of the picture 
hanging so low in my little room. I was 
just so high yesterday. Then I thought, and 
I know God gave me these thoughts, that J 
was quite old enough to be very good, and 
the "dear Father" was waiting forme to say 
that I would be "His little girl," now that I 
am eight years old. 

My Bible was not very near, for I did not 
read it much when I was seven years old ; 
but I looked among my treasure-books on 
my shelves, and I found the Holy Bible, 
with a mark in it, which my mother gave 
me. The book-mark lay close upon these 
words : 

" Wist ye not that 1 must lie about my 
Father's business ?" 

I thought. God was speaking to me then, , 
so I listened, and I know I heard Him say, 
"Mary, you are old enough to pray." So I 
knelt beside, my bed and clasped my hands, 
as mother taught me, and oh ! the little 
room grew very still. I could have heard 
an angel's foot, I know, if only the angels 
had drawn near. My words were only such 
as a little child could speak. I could not 
talk beautifully, like papa, when he prays; 
but I said just what I thought, and I knew 
God heard me when I said, "Dear Father, 
help me to be very good, now that I am 
eight years old." 

I sit here after my prayer, and 1 am very 
happy. I do not know just where I shall be 
this long year; but I will be God's little 
girl, and He will care for me, so that 1 am 
safe anywhere. 

But dear mother does not know my re- 
solve on this my birthday. I must run and 
tell her, for it will make her happy, too. 

"Mother ! mother !" — Christian Inquirer. 



The three Sievfs, — " Oh.iiiamina!" cried 
little Blanche Philpott, " I heard such a tale 
of Edith Howard. I did not think she could 
have been so naughty. One day—" 

" My dear," interrupted Mrs. Philpott, 
"before you continue we will see if your 
story will pass the three sieve. " 

"What does that mean, mamma?" said 
Blanche. 

" I will explain it, dear. In the first place, 
is it true?" 



.pnus, 



rd it I 



Miss Parry, who said a friend of-MlssWhite's 
told her the story ; and Miss W liite is a great. 
friend of Edith's." 

" And does she show her friendship by tell- 
ing tales of her? In the next place, though 
you cannot prove it. is true, is it kind?" 

"I did not mean to be unkind, mamma, 
but I am afraid I was. I should not like Edith 
to speak of me as 1 have- spoken of her." 

"And is it necessary?'-' 

"No, of course, mamma; there was no 
need for me to mention it at all." 

" Then, dear Blanche, pray that your ton- 
gue may be governed, and that you may not 
indulge in evil speaking, and strive more and 
more to imitate the meeknes* of your Lord ' 
and Saviour Jesus Christ," 



NEVEB PPT OFT. 

Whene'er a duly waits for tlvee, 

With sober judgment view it, 
And never idly wish it done ; 

Begin at once, and do it. 

For Sloth says falsely, "By-and-bye 

Is just as well to do it;" 
But present strength is surest strength ; 

Begin at once and do it. 

And find not lions in the way. 
Nor faint if thorns bestrew it ; 

But bravely try, and strength will come, 
For God will help thee do it. 

Freddy's Praybr. — A little bright-eyed 
boy of four years, of our acquaintance, was 
saying his prayers the other night to his 
mother, and with hands folded and eyes 
closed he sweetly said : 

"Now I lay me down to sleep, 
I pray the Lord my soul to keep ; 
If I should die before I wake, 
I pray the Lord my soul to take." 

"God bless my papa, mamma, and — " 

He stopped all at once, opened his eyes, 
and exclaimed, 

" Mcther, mother, what shall I say if I've 
been a bad boy f 

"You should not stop to ask quest inns, 
my son, while saying your prayers," replied 
his mother. 

"But, mother, if I've been bad, what shall 
I say?" 

"Ask God to forgive you ; but you should 
say your prayers all through when you be- 
gin, without stopping." 

His question answered, he reverently 
folded his hands, and closing his eyes again, 
continued. 

"And will God forgive me for killing a 
hop-toad with a big stick, and throwing him 
down a deep hole? Amen." 

Children of larger growth will please 
•opy. 

Donations to the Home for Oetotber 

Pleaasjit Prairie— per Mrs, II. S. Pike, from 
many warm-hearted liiends, 14 hags vi^iluli^. 
grain and flour, besides a box of very nice thiim- 
from the ladies, and a jar of butter, and $4— 
While such friends live we shall not want, Po- 
lo — a box of clothing and y, from friends, per 
Miss Ford. .Should have been acUnowleged in 
a preceding number. SublulU — ninny friend* 
lend to us a message, "Send us fifty vug> for 
vegetables." We had no bags, but" -.till they 
would not be denied the pleasure of feeding the 
friendless, and now their liberal donations arc 
being forwarded to us in boxes and barrels.— 
Friends at Allen's Grove -end us 14 bags wheat, 
vegetables, &c. From Dekalb, the Ladies' Bap- 
tist Aid Society send us a fine box of clothing, 
and the dear little girls of Mrs. E. A. Porter's 
Sabbath School class send an album quilt and 
their warm hearts prompt them to promise more. 
From a large circle of friends at Marengo, we 
received 18,75, and a pair of socks from one 
name not given. Hillsdale— Mrs. Mary Mead, 
one barrel apples; Mrs. B.Ford, one do; Mrs, 
Munger.one do. Maiden— per Mrs. J. C. French, 
from a large number of friends, including many 
of the little folks, a box clothing, 2 bills, pota- 
toes, 1 box cabbages, beets and turnips, and 00c. 
Among the rest, little Frankie Steele sends one 
basket of potato, s planted, hoed aud dug by 
himself. Morris— solicited by Helen M. Rose 
and other young ladies, a bag of wheat from 
each of the follow iug : .1. Alerson, Philip Rose, 
S. Ward, J. Wilson, .lames Gray, Robert Slew 
E. B. James, S. Hume, F. Burleigh, A. G. Bar- 
ber, J. Sutherland, F. Baker, O. Sinclair, S, B. 
Goodrich, J. Newport, J. W. Smith, J. A. Hall 
G. Hall,A. Newport, G. T. (indium, G. Camp- 
bell, G. Carpenter, Lewis Weston, L. G. Red- 
field, G. W. Montgomery, W. Slater. Wauke- 
gan— per liev. J. B. Thomas, from many friends, 
7,50. Bloom— a bag of nice patatoes from each 
of the following warm-hearted Scotchmen ; A. 
Truesdale, Joseph Caldwell, Erwin Millar, Mor- 
ton Millar, W. Kennedy, A. McEldowny, Joseph 
Wallace, David Wallace, Stewart McEldowny, 
Joseph Fleming, J. Caldwell, James Campbell. 
Beulah— G. M. Tuttle.abagwheat ; Daniel Tut- 
tie, bag corn ; Milo Tuttle, do. Oswego— pu- 
pils of the intermediate department of the Un- 
ion school send a fine box of clothing. Thorn- 
ton Station— David Hard, 1. Lee Center— E 
Bliss, ,25. Elkhorn Grove— Mrs. E. M. DeWolf; 
2 and a bag beans. Fulton— Mrs. P. Baker, 1, 
Clinton— A. S. Sampson, a cow, for which ahun- 
dred little hearts are grateful; per Mrs. Weaver, 
4,50 and a box clothing ; other friends, 12,20.— 
Half Day— Elisha Gridley, a large box of nice 
grapes. Morris— per Rev. E. B. Turner, 1,95.— I 



Hillsdale, Mich.— Hon. Henry Waldron.l. New- 
ark—per Dr. Sw ■■ctliiiid, 8. Shopierre— 111,25. 
Tonicn- Tne d.-ii litil.j girls at Tonica have or- 
ganized an assoei: li ii which they call the "Or- 
phans' Aid Society." Mrs. Ousting and Mrs. 
Burgess lead them "on. They send to the Home 
a box of nine clothing and three dollars, and are 
getting some L-iain among the farmers for us. — 
How kind On y arc and how grateful we are to 
them. Lockporl— per J. McGregor, ahox of all 
sorts of good things and one and a half bushels 
of wheat from Deacon Bugg, and Samuel Fra- 
ser, the balance of a band. Princeton— per Mrs. 
L. J. Kilborn, D. Kinsmon, a barrel apples ; e H. 
Phelps, 1 do. ; L. Reaves, 1 box do ; L. J. Colton, 
1 do. ; G. Brown and other friends, a large box 
do. ; S. C, a box vegetables ; II. Cook, a box of 
sundries, aud other friends, a box fowls. Jeffer- 
son—What cau we say enough in praise of our 
little and great friends in Jefferson? The pas- 
tor of the Congregational church, Rev. Mr. 
Jones, and the superiniendent of his Sabbath 
school, Mr. Hemmingway, had but to call the at- 
tention of the school and its friends to the wants 
of the Home, and the following was the result : 
ten of the older girls were appointed a commit- 
tee to solicit, donations through the neighbor- 
hood. A few days since, Mr. D. L. Roberts of 
Jefferson, brought thU eomnnttce and the avails 
of their efforts to the Home. There are one hun- 
dred and thirty-one names of the donors— wc 
wish we had room to insert every name— per- 
haps we shall have next month— mostly chil- 
dren, and the amount contributed $58,48, be- 
sides the nicest butter, eggs aud clothing, and 
some good books, and many other nice things. 
The committee went all over the house and shed 
sunlight everywhere; and our little ones glad- 
dened them in turn with some of our sweetest 
songs, and sent a vote of thanks to the donors at 
home. We think ofHhat occasion as the happi- 
est hour of Octobor. Sarah Chamberlain and 
twenty other girls at Belvidere, send us a nice 
quilt, and a letter assuring us of their interest in 
our little homeless ones, and say it is their first 
work for us. It is a noble beginning, and with 
such friends we shall never want. Amboy — 
Hadessa McFatrick sends her dear little 6isters 
shoes and stockings, and says : " she has gone 
up to heaven and does not need then any more." 
Akron sewing circle send us a fine box of cloth- 
ing with 42,95. Byron juvenile sewing circle, 
per Mrs. L. Read, sends us a letter and 1,70. — 
Millburn— per Rev. Wm. B. Dodge, G. White, 
N. Goodman, F. Stanford, 2 each ; A Watson, J. 
H. Thain, W. Bonier.. Josephine Taylor, Mrs. J. 
S. Strang, L. Edwards, B. Drury, (.:. Litwiler, S. 
L. Emery, H. A Bangs Rev. R. Gilbert, J. D. 
Fox, R. Minto, P. Men-art, J. Jamison,. John Mc- 
Alister, each 1 ; Wm. McCredie, W. B. D. Gray, 
G. L. Stewart, Geo, Strang, John Strang, C. Sel' 
den, J. Pollock, T. Mason, E. Hearne, if. J. Pol- 
lock, A. H. Stewart, Johu Williamson. J. Minto, 
S. Grigg, Mrs. E. Gsodnow, John Hockaday 
each ,50 ; James Yule, ,75 ; Mrs. S. Smith, Mrs, 
Buffum, Miss M. Mason, each, 25 ; J. Bonner,. 
,10; J. Bain, ,30; s. T.eith, ,:J0 ; M. Goodman, 
,10: Wm. B. Dodge. J M Dodge, D. White, G. 
E. Smith, T. Frazier, E. Hcarue, W. Mason, G. 
Strang, each 2 bushels wheat; W. Bonner, Ira 
Persafl, P. Waterberry, J. Strang, each one bu. 
wheat ; B. F. Stedman, 1 bu. corn ; W. Kerr, 1 
bag apples ; J. P. Mills, 1 bu. potatoes; Mrs. J. 
Trotter, 1 bu. beats, 1 pair socks ; James Thain, 
1 bag apples ; James Yule, 2 bu. potatoes ; D. 
Readies, 1 do. 



HOME FOR THE FRIENDLESS. 

On Wabash Avenue, south of Old Street. 

The Home— Its Object.— To gather from 
our streets and alleys the hundreds of neglected, 
abandoned and poverty-stricken children, and 
give them the comforts and advantages of 
great cheerful Home, until we can procure for 
them worthy foster parents, or a place in the 
bosom of christian families in the country. 
Also to afford a temporary home to worthy, 
destitute and friendless women, until homes can 
be provided. 

Wants ov the Home.— The Home depends 
for its subsistence upon the charity of the hu- 
mane and benevolent. Its wants are as various 
as those of a large j dependent family, |and as 
numerous as the necessities of several scores or 
children. Clothing of every kind, especially for 
boys, also, provisions of all kinds, are always 
gratefully received- 



IIS VSUSSI?#». 

The Visitor is published on the first Satur- 
day of every month, on the following terms: 

1 copy, per year $ .25 

5 copies, " 1.00 

12 " " 2.00, 

20 " " 3.00 

40 " " 5.00 

Or, better still, we send the Visitor to every 
donor to the Home for the friendless, and invite 
farmers to send us a bag of grain, or other pro- 
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bring free of charge, when consigned to the 
Home), for which they shall receive our hearty 
thanks, and a copy of the Visitor for one year. 
Sevaral scores of farmers and others have al- 
ready done this. 

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At Room No. 15 Methodist Church Block, 

Oor. Clark and Washington Sty., Chicago. 

" Coma, my soul, tliy suit prepare, 
Jesus loves to answor prayer; 
He himself hath bid thee pray ; 

Ki-i> .LTl.t :i.-lc Wltli.jUt .i. I:.y.' 

Please stop for 5, 10 or 15 minutes, or through 
the meeting. 

Some brother will be at Room No. 11 from 8 
to 9 A. m. ; and 12 to 2 p. m., to converse with any 
anxious inquirers. 

I®" There is also a Saturday Evening Prayer 
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